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Kelly, Routt remain part of grand plan

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 2:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.

When the Raiders decided to spend a guaranteed $18.125 million on defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, no one was more surprised than Kelly himself.

When the Raiders dropped a first- and third-round tender on cornerback Stanford Routt, probably the only person who didn’t think it was out of line was Routt himself.

Kelly still has a penchant for jumping offsides at his new position at nose tackle and hasn’t been conspicuous in terms of blowing up running plays or rushing the passer.

Routt still has the classic look and speed of a Raiders corner, and breaks up the occasional pass as he did Monday during a 7-on-7 session defending Yamon Figurs. But entering his sixth season, Routt hasn’t established himself in the way his tender would suggest.

Unless the Raiders are simply sending out disinformation, get ready for a lot more of Kelly and Routt. Coach Tom Cable referred to Kelly’s work against the middle of the Raiders defense as “iron sharpening iron,’’ with the quality of play improving both sides.

Cable proclaimed Routt a contender to start with Chris Johnson opposite Nnamdi Asomugha, and talked of his improved professionalism Monday.

“I think there’s been a change in Stan in terms of how he works at it and the intensity that he’s working at it with,’’ Cable said. “It’s just like everybody, you want to see it carry over to the game, but I’ve been very pleased with him thus far.”

If you want to fall into the old Raiders cliché of players looking good coming off the bus, Kelly and Routt are Exhibit A and Exhibit B.

Kelly was discovered as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, Routt a second-round draft pick out of Houston, where he was a sprinter as well as a cornerback.

Kelly is fine with moving to nose tackle, making room at the three-technique spot for Richard Seymour, saying, `We’re both going to get doubled, we’re both going to get chipped.’’

In a lively interview with a few reporters, Kelly was equal parts amusing and candid, allowing he was overweight last season _ “I was carrying a baby in my stomach’’ and embarrassed by having only one sack in 16 games.

(The baby, in this case would have well exceeded the largest human birth on record, because Kelly lost 35 pounds).

The sacks total tied Kelly’s career low in 2007 _ when he missed nine games after a torn ACL ended his season.

“I had to look in the mirror at the end of the season and ask, `Is it them, or is it you?,’ ‘’ Kelly said. “I can’t point my finger on them . . . I just gotta handle me. In the offseason, I’m going to try and get myself back in the best shape I can so they won’t have nothing to say.’’

Kelly came to the Raiders as a 295 pound end and said he got as high as 340 following ACL surgery. He hovered in that range last year.

It was a topic of conversation among offensive linemen, who wondered within their position group what Kelly’s weight would be when he got to camp as far back as OTAs.

“Some guys were like, `He might be 345 or 350, somewhere around there,’’ guard Khalif Barnes said. “But when he came in, the guy looked great . . . he’s looking slimmer, still strong and has that get-off.’’

Kelly said he arrived at OTAs at 315 pounds as opposed to 350 a year ago.

After practice Monday, he was doing squats with weights that looked like bowling balls with oversized handles, and later was seen working his arms with two heavy ropes that looked to have a circumference of eight inches each. He’s also doing boxing drills, the better to slap offensive linemen attempting to get a hand on him.

So instead of getting bigger to play nose tackle _ the position is traditionally occupied by players who look like fire hydrants _ Kelly slimmed down.

“You got to know your own skill-set,’’ Kelly said. “It’s kind of obvious after last year that I can’t play with that much weight and be the best kind of player I can be. You got to do what’s best and what fits you. I’m strong enough and tough enough to play the nose, so I’m not even worried about it.’’

At the time Kelly signed his contract, which topped out at $50.5 million over seven years, he it was the biggest deal ever for a defensive tackle. Considering he was coming off an ACL tear and not coming off a Pro Bowl or anything close to it, it came as a shock.

It came as part of the spending spree which also brought in Javon Walker, Gibril Wilson and a trade and new contract for DeAngelo Hall.

“The night my agent called me, I was like, `What the (bleep)!,’’ Kelly said. “It was a surprise to me, but you’ve just got to take the challenge.’’

Routt, on the other hand, said he expected the first- and third-round tender which will pay him $3.268 million _ a hefty figure for a player who has just four starts in the last two years and 31 overall in 95 games.

“I really wasn’t surprised, based on the longterm deal we were negotiating at the time,’’ Routt said.

Routt didn’t know exactly what to make of Cable’s suggestion that he has an improved attitude.

“I appreciate the kind words, but in my opinion, my approach hasn’t changed,’’ Routt said. “I just go out every day to get better, and whatever happens, happens.’’

More news and notes:

—Updates for the second session can be found on my Twitter page, but won’t be available Tuesday or Wednesday. I’ve been farmed out for two days as a sub to cover the 49ers.

Steve Corkran will handle blog items in my absence.

-– RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not practice, nor did WR Paul Hubbard (hamstring), TE Tony Stewart (undisclosed), QB Charlie Frye (wrist), LB Sam Williams (concussion), and DE Jay Richardson (knee).

WR Jacoby Ford (quad) and WR Chaz Schilens (foot) did not practice in the padded session but Cable said they would work in the afternoon session.

Frye and Richardson are scheduled to see specialists.

– Practice began with a live goal line session with the offense at the 2-yard line. Jason Campbell fumbled the snap back to the 4, but the offense scored in two plays with Alex Daniels carrying 3 yards to the 1 and Michael Bush scoring the touchdown, breaking the tackle of Rolando McClain at the goal line.

– McClain and Sebastian Janikowski returned to practice after missing two sessions each for personal issues. McClain declined comment following practice.

– Bush left the field house carrying a box with a brand new bowling ball. A grudge match with fellow pinmeister Mario Henderson, perhaps?

“I don’t know, but if it happens, I’m ready,’’ Bush said.

– Center Samson Satele victimized for a sack of Campbell by Junior Siavii against the Cowboys, was willing to fall on the sword.

“Just go off of what you saw,’’ Satele said. “If it’s me it’s me. It is what it is. It’s preseason.’’

– Judging from the way reps were distributed, Bruce Gradkowski stepped back into his backup role ahead of Kyle Boller.

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  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Lakota Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    Libtards, I have to run

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Adios nazi.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    RRRRRAAAAAAAIIIIIDDDDEEERRRSSSSS!!!!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Did Dakota change his handle to Lakota?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jwigg is always saying that Bruce Campbell is a beast, so I just thought I’d rattle his cage a little by saying that 5 year starting RG Cooper Carlisle = BEAST

    haha

  • HairyBush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Anyone have any thoughts on possible veteran wideouts that will be cut before the final 53 man roster is put together by all 32 NFL teams?

    ***

    no more WR’s …

    Nick Miller to the rescue!
    ——————————
    I guess I can carry on with my day, knowing N. Miller is on the roster is very comforting. lol

    I do see this offense being like the one Gannon led years ago. (not nearly as efficent) but the same principal- get the ball out quick to your playmakers.
    I think we really need a possesion reciever. Sorry Chaz don’t let the door hit you in the azz when you recieve your injury settlement. I want Ricky Prohel from back in the day!

  • fat kidd

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Anyone have any thoughts on possible veteran wideouts that will be cut before the final 53 man roster is put together by all 32 NFL teams?

    …………..i hope its not a republican reciever their only good with their hands when they stick their hands in the pockets of the middle class,we need a democratic reciever.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: Jason Campbell threw for 3600 yards & 20 TD’s last year.

    what do you think his numbers will be like his first year in Oakland?

    better? worse? same?

  • RaiderRockstar

    sign Ricky Proehl!

    He owns, manages, and coaches at Proehlific Park, a world-class sports performance complex and fitness center he built in Greensboro, North Carolina

    he’s 42 years old, but Brett Favre turns 41 this year and he’s still playing …

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Rockstar

    I would say worse, at this point. No Raider QB has done that in years.

    On the other hand, IF Chaz & McFadden can stay health and contribute……I would say that’s attainable.

    Bottom Line: I don’t know.

  • http://www.sizzurp.purpledrank.edu A Smithsonian Institute Janitor

    BREAKING NFL NEWS!!

    Favre reportedly on his way to Minnesota!!

    Does anyone really fning care? I don’t.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I would say worse, at this point. No Raider QB has done that in years.

    On the other hand, IF Chaz & McFadden can stay health and contribute……I would say that’s attainable.

    ***

    Agreed. assuming Chazerella & McBrittle won’t make it a full season, is 3600 yards & 20 TD’s attainable if Heyward-Bey & Mike Bush step it up instead?

  • http://www.sizzurp.purpledrank.edu A Smithsonian Institute Janitor

    Chazerella LMFAO. Thats classic. Dude is a walking injury settlement waiting to happen. He is as soft as RMR.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Favre reportedly on his way to Minnesota!!

    Does anyone really fning care? I don’t.

    ***

    janitor: might have an impact on people who play fantasy football

    thanks for the info!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Chazerella LMFAO. Thats classic. Dude is a walking injury settlement waiting to happen. He is as soft as RMR.

    ***

    thanks man.

    I think Kell came up with “Chazerella” though. my buddy Hwnrdr in the AM crew calls him Chantilly Chaz

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I don’t see DHB stepping in for Chaz if he were to go down.

    In that case if would all fall on the shoulders of Murphy and Miller. Not enough Imo for 3,600yds and 20 TD’s.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    Looks like mistabrown is popular in here. With statements like this I can see why:

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    We dont have a possession receiver.
    =======================================

    We don’t have a possession receiver. It’s statements like this that causes “Raider Fan” to be labeled the dumbest fans on earth.

  • MistaBrown

    Ok OakGlen, if we have a possession receiver who is it?
    ______

    Just Win Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    We don’t have a possession receiver. It’s statements like this that causes “Raider Fan” to be labeled the dumbest fans on earth.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    Last time I looked the Dow was up almost 200 points today.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    +156

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Although 3,600yds is only 225 per game.

  • fat kidd

    pre-season chicago should be a easy win but seattle and the whiners will be harder too win games.they will be as tough as anyone in our regilar season. they will be good test.

  • fat kidd

    Just Win Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    mistabrown why do you call half the posters here Oakglenn? Did you fall off a truck or get hit by a train when you were a kid?
    There is a Oakglenn Mental Health Center!!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    I predict hundreds of comments will soon be deleted…

  • RaiderRockstar

    I predict hundreds of comments will soon be deleted…

    ***

    one can only hope

    as soon as the Corkran/Becker train rolls through …

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    If only they would ban a bonehead like that mistabrown guy there would be no need to delete anyone or anything else.

  • fat kidd

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    I predict hundreds of comments will soon be deleted…

    ………no thats in the constitution 2nd amendment freedom of speech.

  • RaiderRockstar

    old supporting cast:

    Jim Zorn
    Sherman Lewis
    Chris Meidt

    Todd Collins
    Clinton Portis
    Ladell Betts
    Santana Moss
    Antwaan Randle El
    Devin Thomas
    Malcolm Kelly
    Chris Cooley
    Fred Davis
    Chris Samuels
    Derrick Dockery
    Casey Rabach
    Randy Thomas
    Stephon Heyer

    3600 yards & 20 TD’s

    new supporting cast:

    Tom Cable
    Hue Jackson
    Paul Hackett

    Bruce Gradkowski
    Darren McFadden
    Michael Bush
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Louis Murphy
    Chaz Schilens
    Johnnie Lee Higgins
    Zach Miller
    Brandon Myers
    Mario Henderson
    Robert Gallery
    Samson Satele
    Cooper Carlisle
    Langston Walker

    any projections ???

  • RaiderRockstar

    fatty, janitor, JW, Kell …

    any projections for Jason Campbell this year?

    post #689 shows the supporting cast he had last year & the stats he put up

  • fat kidd

    he does throw a lot of interceptions i,m hoping he doesnt here.

  • RaiderRockstar

    about 150 posts got smoked, so far

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Raiders’ Kelly sheds excess baby weight

    Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly admits he didn’t have a good year last season.

    So he looked at himself in the mirror and saw a fat man staring at him.

    “Yeah, I had a baby in this stomach last year,” Kelly said Monday. “So, I kind of had my baby. When I came in for (offseason practices), I was about 315. Last year, I was about 350.”

    Kelly was asked if he felt pressure from the big contract ($18 million guaranteed) Oakland gave him two years ago.

    “You’ve just got to take on the challenge. … With this game, as long as you put in your work in the offseason … it’s going to give back to you what you put into it.”

    - Vittorio Tafur

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/16/SPL31EUVJA.DTL#ixzz0wtfwlSoi

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Coach Tom Cable wants Henderson to improve and speed up his footwork, so to hammer that home, Cable is making his starting left tackle do 50 push-ups every time he makes a mistake. He did two sets Sunday in Napa.
    —————————–
    Who else needs to be doing push-ups this training camp?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Looks like J Richardson could be expendable

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    KoolKell Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    He let Richochet post my name and number here for 6 weeks. Dude called me 4-5 times a day.
    ——————————–
    That is creepy. My mother had a phone stalker back in the late 70′s. The police department issued her an official police whistle to blow into the receiver next time he called.

  • bcz24

    Richochet IS the moderator… muwahahahahahahah!! LoL

  • bcz24

    J Richardson had surgery today

  • RaiderRockstar

    Looks like J Richardson could be expendable

    ***

    you think so?

    I thought J-Rich was finally coming into his own

    who else will back up Shaughnessy & Houston at DE?

    I don’t think Chris Cooper & Greyson Gunheim are considered “upgrades”

    seems like Groves, Scott & Wimbley are LB’s unless it’s 3rd & long or something …

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Dude would call me and blow a New Year’s plastic horn into the reciever.

  • raidertbone

    Ladies and Gentlemen:
    Let’s just move on ahead; simply ignore the trash and it will eventually get taken out. Back to the punishment and push-ups, I think the whole team should be required to do “X” number of push-ups for every offside penalty during a game. If we set it at 50 per, we’ll either cut way down on the number, or our guys will have the strongest forearms in the league!

  • RaiderRockstar

    he does throw a lot of interceptions i,m hoping he doesnt here.

    ***

    fatty,

    Jason Campbell threw 15 INT’s and fumbled 13 times last year (losing 3)

    he does need to take better care of the football!

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # raidertbone Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen:
    Let’s just move on ahead; simply ignore the trash and it will eventually get taken out. Back to the punishment and push-ups, I think the whole team should be required to do “X” number of push-ups for every offside penalty during a game. If we set it at 50 per, we’ll either cut way down on the number, or our guys will have the strongest forearms in the league!
    —————————-
    Bob G: “sure we have short arms, but they are the largest”!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Richard Seymour
    Lamar Houston
    Matt Shaunessy
    Trevor Scott
    J Richardson

    With all the rotations available on the D-Line……..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who else needs to be doing push-ups this training camp?

    ***

    Walker & Veldheer had false starts against Dallas and Satele gave up our only sack (to a Dallas backup!)

  • raidertbone

    J Rich should make it down to the last round of cuts. I think he’s better than both Coop and Gunny, but it will all come down to injuries and need. We have a lot of good young players in camp this year – no Stryker Sulak!

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Who else needs to be doing push-ups this training camp?

    ***

    Walker & Veldheer had false starts against Dallas and Satele gave up our only sack (to a Dallas backup!)
    ——————–
    I would throw CJ in there as well for the toasting he received.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: I think Kelly, Bryant & Joseph could play DE too if we needed them to

    maybe we would be ok without J-Rich?

    how long is he expected out with that surgery ???

  • raidertbone

    Trade Stanford Routt for a guy who can do 100 push-ups!

  • http://blackhole@aldavisshouldbeonmountrushmore Drexl

    # raidertbone Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Trade Stanford Routt for a guy who can do 100 push-ups!
    ——————-
    LMAO!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tom Brady is getting upset

    Posted by Mike Florio (PFT)

    The great George Costanza once explained that the perception of hard work will arise from the constant projection of annoyance.

    Maybe Pats quarterback Tom Brady is giving Costanza’s approach a try.

    As our pal Tom Curran of CSNNE.com explains it, Brady says he has become more impatient in 2010 because somebody has to show impatience on the team.

    “If the quarterback won’t do it, then who will do it?” Brady said. “That’s how I always think about. So, if it’s like, ‘Hey guys, it’s all right. It was a [shoddy] play, but we’ll get the next one.’ That’s not the way it works.”

    In a joint practice with the Falcons, Brady showed his frustration by letting coach Rex Ryan’s favorite word fly.

    Brady presumably hopes that others will follow his lead, and not simply by persuading them to refer to everyone as sons of b1tches, or to call babies “cute little b@stards.”

    ***

    I hate the Pats, but I like this approach … sort of Gannonesque

    I might draft this dude in FF after all

  • bcz24

    Who cares if Stan can do 100 pushups, as long as he can carry his jock strap around after he gets faked out of it!